Master of Biotechnology

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  • Objectives
    This cutting-edge course provides hands-on experience of the latest techniques in biotechnology research as well as up-to-date bio-processing and production technologies involving mammalian cells, stem cells and other cultures. Students will gain experience operating cell-culture bioreactors similar to those in industrial-scale production facilities. An important component of this course is that each unit includes industry involvement through guess lecturers who bring an industry perspective of research and commercialisation into the biotechnology environment. Industry involvement will also include on-site visits for some units. The core units in this course cover a wide range of emerging topics in biotechnology and, importantly, business skills. Graduates may choose to articulate into the Master of Biotechnology (Honours). Alternatively, students may choose to early exit with a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate of Biotechnology.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants will normally have successfully completed an accredited undergraduate program comprising at least three years of study in Science (or equivalent)
  • Academic title
    Master of Biotechnology
  • Course description
    Fees and charges
    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    * The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at .
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

    Career opportunities
    The Biotechnology postgraduate suite has been designed to build the intellectual and practical capacity of a traditional three/four year biotechnology, science or equivalent degree graduate who aspires to a career in the emerging biotechnology, bioscience or nanoscience field.

    Course rules
    Students are required to complete 12 credit points of study consisting of 8 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units. Included in the list of electives is the option to complete a 2 credit point Professional Practice Project (SBB708) or a 4 credit point Industry-Based Project (SBB710).

    Course structure

    Students are required to complete 8 credit points of core units followed by 4 credit points of elective units.


    Core units

    Trimester 1

    SBB701 Foundations of Biotechnology  

    SBB702 Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics  

    SBB703 Agricultural Biotechnology  

    SBB704 Cellular Biology and Immunology  

    Trimester 2

    SBB705 Biopharmaceuticals and Medical Devices  

    SBB706 Frontier Techniques in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology  

    SBB707 Bio-Ethics, Bio-Regulatory and Biotechnology Management  

    SEN704 Principles of Bioprocessing  


    Elective units


    SBB708 Professional Practice Project  (2cps)
    AND 2 approved level 7 elective units^




    Four approved Level 7 elective units^



    SBB710 Industry Project  


    Level 7 elective units


    SBB711 Drug Design and Delivery  

    SEN703 Applications of Bioprocessing  *

    SEB711 Developing and Managing Innovation  

    SEB712 Managing Complex Projects  

    SEB722 Commercialisation Project  

    SEN700 Research Methodology  


    * SEN703 not offered in 2009, offered in 2010

    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide

    Admission requirements - specific
    Applicants will normally have successfully completed an accredited undergraduate program comprising at least three years of study in Science (or equivalent)

    Advanced standing - general
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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